The first time we tried these they were a little bottle shocked which we thought was probably the problem seeing as we had just got them shipped in. However, after we re-tasted the VGW, their entry level wine, and we use the term entry very lightly, we were finally able to see in magnificence in this world class Oregon Chardonnay and we believe they are, in fact deserving of any and all praise. 00 wines, or Double Zero, was started by a long-time customer and all-around gentleman, Chris Hermann, who set up shop in the Willamette Valley. The 00 were a huge hit last year and we are so happy 2017 is following suit. These are styled to be somewhere close to a Meursault in our opinion and with silky textures, lemon pith, apple and peach blossom, perfume, salinity, stone, a slight touch of paraffin, straw, wild grasses and herbs. The VGW, or "Very Good Wine" is about as simply as one could put it as this is indeed a very good wine. Sourced from a collection of single vineyards from Von Ohensen, Seven Springs, and Anahata. The production method used here is referred to as "The Black Method". There is no gentle press here, the grapes are crushed for maximum skin contact and receives a lot of ambient oxygen. This 'beat up' juice is a very dark brown, almost black at times and literally left to sit before it goes right into barrel. It’s believed that this early oxygen contact strengthens the wine for aging and helps it develop more complexity. This method was employed by many of the old school white Burgundy producers before the gentler press and extra Sulfur style became popular, which is possibly linked to the onset of premox for newer Burgundies. Just something to ponder while you enjoy your VGW. A very bright and pleasing wine with 20% new oak, minimal sulfites, wild yeast fermentation, and minimal intervention. The 2017 VGW is just that and should be on any Chardonnay lovers Radar, whether it be Burgundy or domestic. One thing to note is the wax on the bottle is very heavy duty, your best bet is to remove as much as possible before going in on the cork to avoid frustration.